Gal 3:16 as midrash (was...)

Christian M. M. Brady cbrady at
Wed Mar 14 21:32:56 EST 2001

On 3/14/01 8:15 PM, "Charles David Isbell" <cisbell at> wrote:

> In the debate between Christian Brady and John Ronning, it seems clear to me
> that what Christian is claiming is hardly assailable on the grounds so far
> advanced.  If I understand his argument, he is making two points.  First, he
> is contending that Paul's use of midrashic interpretation was of a piece
> with the broad rabbinic function of midrash in that era.  John, if you doubt
> Christian's assertion on this point and reject his initial example from
> Shemot Rabbah, take a quick look at a traditional Haggadah.
> Christian's second point is even more important, in my estimation, as he
> distinguishes between "Paul's exegetical technique" and "his theology that
> motivated the specific application in this case."  I believe that an
> important facet of midrashic interpretation is that it is essentially
> eis-exegetical.  That is, the interpreter already knows what he wants to
> illustrate BEFORE he turns to a text.
> Disclosure:  Yes, Christian and I are both in Louisiana.  But anyone
> familiar with our state must know how painful it is for an LSU man to agree
> with a Tulane man about anything.  But Christian is right this time.  And
> could we all lighten up a wee bit!


Thanks for your much more cogent assessment of our discussion. I feel you
have clarified my points very well. As for LSU v. Tulane, lets just say that
I work for The Man, but my collegiate allegiances are far to the north.
(That being said, how 'bout Tulane baseball! Did a number of the National
Champions didn't they! ;-) Which, by the way, was inexplicably omitted from
the Times-Picayune.)


cbrady @
"If there are many wise men in a city, this means that the city will soon
fall."  -- Babylonian proverb

In which case New Orleans is safe....

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